Monday, August 27, 2007

Microsoft patents vs. open source

Microsoft high officials did announce that they will request from developers and users of open-source software to pay Microsoft for royalty. According to Microsoft, open-source software, including Linux, uses 235 patents without Microsoft permission. That can’t pass without punishment and Microsoft wants’ that developers and users of open-source programs start to pay license for software that they use. According to their words only Linux kernel use 42 Microsoft patents, and user interface 65. Open Office also use 45 Microsoft patents, and open source email applications 15 patents. Other Open-source programs do have 65 more Microsoft patents.

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